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Denver Broncos Chris Harris NFL's most underrated player

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June 22, 2015

 

Chris Harris Jr. is the NFL’s version of Rodney Dangerfield, he gets “No respect. No respect, at all, I tell ya!”

Harris was the NFL’s top cornerback in 2014 according to Pro Football Focus, who brilliantly break down all the numbers, determining he was also the No. 4 best player in the entire NFL last season. The best year in the history of cornerback production came in 2009 with Darrelle Revis’ remarkable play, but Harris’ grade in 2014 was the second-best since they started keeping track of it all.

One of the simplest ways of determining dominant cornerback play is yards allowed per coverage snap. Last season, the superb cornerback in Denver took 623 snaps and allowed a mere 356 yards, or an NFL-best 0.57 yards per snap. Richard Sherman was second, but it wasn’t even close, at 0.76, then Josh Norman was third at 0.77.

More impressive is the versatility of the 26-year old who tore his ACL in the 2013 playoffs; Harris played 40 percent of his snaps in the slot and allowed the same amount of yards per snap (0.57) inside as he did outside.

Yet, despite all that phenomenal play, Harris was snubbed from the NFL’s Top 100 of 2015, which is less than scientifically voted on by players.

NFL Network spilled the beans last Wednesday when they said Tony Romo (No. 34) was the highest undrafted player to make the list. Of course, Broncos fans know Harris was remarkably undrafted in 2011, meaning he was left off the list.

When our Brandon Spano and Harris heard of the news, they reacted like this:

Harris is a phenomenal guy, an incredibly hard worker and he’s also one of the most underrated players in the NFL.

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